Thursday, November 19, 2015

There Is No Good Way to See Syria and The Hell Which Has Become

As my daughter sits upstairs practicing Christmas songs on her flute, I'm filled with the love I feel for her, and a general gratitude that I am in a place where this peaceful moment is possible. This feeling fills me with empathy for those not so lucky. 

I, like many people in the US, have a myriad of feelings and responses to the crisis in, and now about and out of, Syria. 

As things evolve, it is obvious the spilling of blood, the spilling out of Syrian refugees, of Jihadists, of the flow of displacement of people, and violence is inevitable. The concept that containment is possible, even if that were the desired goal, has slipped into the past of wishes.

I admit, as it goes with most people, my awareness of the flow only grows as the tide reaches our shores, and those of our closest allies. I am now, however, thankful for the pain of awareness. Better to see it, to know, than remain shielded and oblivious. 

Everything is global now.      

A picture speaks a thousand words. In this case, a picture speaks an eternity of the Hell raging in Syria.

This is very simply a gallery of some images of the "situation" in Syria. It is important to understand in a non sterile format what is actually happening. The only conclusion drawn herein is that we must see.

Then we can ask the questions.
Do we want to help?

Why is this happening?
Can we take the risk?

First at least understand why we need to ask.

But understand also, as people complain that the attacks in Paris have captured our attention to the neglect of other "situations," there are, unfortunately, "situations" raging across the globe. 

And the trend is currently upwards.

Conflict creates an energy and osmosis will push that energy toward calmer waters. How long can we hold back the flood? Or is it possible to stop the reign of terror?

A Syrian rebel sniper in Khan al-Assal, Aleppo province.

Checkpoint at Damascus' edge; the capital is ringed by restive towns. Jan. 14, 2012. Photo taken by VOA Middle East correspondent Elizabeth Arrott while traveling through Damascus with government escorts.

The article on the Syrian crisis linked in the above tweet is from several months ago. Follow the link and then imagine how the escalation of violence and passage of time has increased the misery.

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